STATE’S DAILY RATE OF POS­I­TIVE VIRUS TESTS AT 10-WEEK HIGH

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY MITCHELL ARMENTROUT AND TOM SCHUBA Staff Reporters

Illi­nois’ coro­n­avirus test­ing pos­i­tiv­ity rate inched up again Tues­day with the lat­est 1,740 cases con­firmed statewide.

Those new cases were di­ag­nosed among 34,175 tests, or about 5.1% of them — the high­est pos­i­tiv­ity rate for a sin­gle day in Illi­nois in more than 10 weeks.

The state hadn’t cracked 5% since June 5, when 6.1% of COVID-19 tests re­sults came back pos­i­tive.

That raises Illi­nois’ seven-day test­ing pos­i­tiv­ity rate over the last week to 4.3%, a num­ber that has crawled up from 2.5% on July 7.

Health of­fi­cials say that rate in­di­cates how rapidly the virus is spread­ing. Near the height of the pan­demic in mid-May, it soared close to 17% across Illi­nois.

Chicago has re­mained level at 5% as test­ing has re­mained “con­sis­tently high,” with the city av­er­ag­ing about 7,500 daily tests, Chicago Pub­lic Health Com­mis­sioner Dr. Al­li­son Ar­wady said.

“We would like that be­low 5% ideally, but we’ve not seen it spike up like we’ve seen in other parts of the state and some other parts of the coun­try,” Ar­wady said.

Chicago has recorded roughly 300 new cases each day in the last few weeks, down from a peak of roughly 1,000 daily cases in early May.

The state on Tues­day an­nounced 27 more deaths at­trib­uted to the virus, rais­ing Illi­nois’ death toll to 7,782 since March.

Chicago of­fi­cials also up­dated the city’s travel quar­an­tine list to re­move Wis­con­sin and Ne­braska.

PAT NABONG/SUN-TIMES FILE

Chicago Pub­lic Health Com­mis­sioner Dr. Al­li­son Ar­wady says coro­n­avirus test­ing in the city has re­mained “con­sis­tently high” at 7,500 tests daily.

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